2016 Programme

The 2016 programme included research student presentations using the 3MT (3 minute thesis) format, presentations from staff about some of the exciting research that is happening within Edinburgh Napier University, workshops on research skills, posters and lots of time to meet other researchers from across the University.

Several of the talks were filmed so click on the links to see the videos or slides.

Time Activity
8.30 – 9.00 Registration Foyer
9.00 – 9.10 Welcome from Principal Andrea Nolan Lindsay Stewart Lecture Theatre
9.10 – 10.00 Like A Rolling Stone; From Undergrad To PI

Dr Peter Barlow is a Reader in Immunology & Infection, and Head of Research for the School of Life, Sport and Social Sciences. After completing his PhD at Edinburgh Napier, he undertook consecutive Postdoctoral Fellowships at the University of Edinburgh and The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, before returning to the University as a Lecturer.  In this presentation, he will talk about the road from Undergrad to PI, addressing fundamental topics that are key parts of the academic journey.

Lindsay Stewart Lecture Theatre
10.00 – 11.00 ‘Stepping Stones’ – Skills workshops: (second floor classrooms)
Introduction to The Conversation,

Steve Vass (The conversation)

Public Engagement: How Research Can Benefit the Local Community,

Dawn Smith (Edinburgh Napier University) and Sarah Anderson (Beltane Public Engagement Network)

Writing for Publication,

Chris Atton (Edinburgh Napier University)

Winning research funding,

RIO funding team

Finding the blend: work/life balance

Allison Johnstone (Equate Scotland)

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee
11.30 – 12.15 3MT (3 minute thesis) presentations

3MT® is a celebration of PhD research, challenging students to explain their research to a non-specialist audience in three minutes.


Lindsay Stewart Lecture Theatre
12.15 – 1.30 Lunch Chapel
12.45 – 1.30 Poster session Rivers suite
1.30 – 2.30 Staff Research Presentations Lindsay Stewart Lecture Theatre
2.30 – 3.15 Collaboration building workshops:

During the workshops participants will develop the ideas of the three interdisciplinary themes; information society, sustainable communities, and Health and wellbeing.

We will discuss how these themes can make a real impact on the university and its research and impact agenda and give a distinctive edge to Edinburgh Napier Research. The workshops will consider how an interdisciplinary approach to the research can build on our subject-specific expertise and bridge different research groups across the university.

Information Society:

Facilitated by David Benyon


Sustainable community:

Facilitated by Mark Deakin

Health and Wellbeing:

Facilitated by Valerie Egdell

3.15 – 3.45 Coffee
3.45 – 4.45 Bright club: from the (research) field to funny

Kate Cross (University of St Andrews) and Susan Morrison (Bright Club’s very own fairy godmother) show how stand up comedy can be the perfect stage for engaging the public with research.

Lindsay Stewart Lecture Theatre
4.45 – 5.00 Principal’s Research Excellence Awards

Vice Principal Alistair Sambell

Lindsay Stewart Lecture Theatre
5.00 – 7.00 Festival of Ideas – research showcase Foyer